The process of generating an image or series of images from a model by means of computer programming.

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How Do I Do Alpha Transparency Properly In XNA 4.0?

Okay, I've read several articles, tutorials, and questions regarding this. Most point to the same technique which doesn't solve my problem. I need the ability to create semi-transparent sprites (...
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What is the best way to render eletric wires (like in gta 4)?

From the top of my mind, I see 2 ways to do it : classic mesh. (but that's likely to be a lot of tris for little screenspace) bilboards (but the placements of the billboards may be tricky. still ...
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3D camera implementation

I've been bashing my head against the concept of a 'camera' for my 3D world for some time now, and I'm not sure I'm doing this right anymore. Maybe I've been working on this for too long and have ...
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Are there any font rendering libraries for games development that support hinting?

I've used angel code's bitmap font generator quite a bit and though it's very good, I wondered if there would be a way of using the hinting information to provide a better readable result by using ...
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How does OnLive work, and is there anything special Game Developers need to do?

The OnLive service works by "cloud rendering", which is very different from the traditional model of "on-premise rendering" that we are all familiar with. How does this work at a technical level, and ...
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Deterministic random number sequence

I have an array of lights that I need to sample from randomly, but deterministically so that all the lights are sampled. Currently I use random numbers to pick a light, and then put processed lights ...
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How come the 3d graphics and animations of MMORPGs are usually worse than non-online 3d games? [closed]

I have noticed that in general it seems like the 3d graphics and animations for MMOs and MMORPGs seem not as seductive and polished as the graphics for normal, non-online 3d games. How come this is ...
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Rendering a 3D scene without a window

This is kind of an odd question, but what would be the best solution for rendering a 3D scene without a render window active? The end goal would be to simply render a 3D scene to an image file. I ...
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Is Deferred Rendering The Future?

Is deferred rendering the future of real-time 3d rendering on pc hardware (at least until raytracing becomes feasible)? I'm aware of the benefits (lots of lights, less state changes) and also trouble ...
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How to prepare a sprite for a game?

For example, I created my character drawing on Paint.NET using the Pencil tool and now it's a sprite like asset. If I want him to move do I need to create many different poses for him and render them ...
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Is frustum culling necessary in a Flash/AS3 game?

I'm making a 2D game where the map will be scrolled frequently, and only a small part of it will be visible at any time. Which implementation would run faster? The naive way: Make the map a single ...
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Architecture a for a central renderer rather than self-rendering [duplicate]

For the architectural side of rendering, there's two main ways: having each object render itself, and having a single renderer which renders everything. I'm currently aiming for the second idea, for ...
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Post processing texture sizes

I'm trying to write some code to do post processing in OpenGL ES2 on the iPhone. All is fine an dandy, except I am having trouble working out how to scale the texture rendered in the rendering step, ...
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Questions about rendering access in UDK

I also asked about this over on the UDK forums, but haven't had much luck getting any responses. Basically, I have some experience with UT3 modding, but I'm just getting started with the UDK, and I ...
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LOD in modern games [closed]

I'm currently working on my master's thesis about LOD and mesh simplification, and I've been reading many academic papers and articles about the subject. However, I can't find enough information about ...
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Atmospheric Scattering

I want to add some nice atmospheric scattering to my 3D game engine but I am very concerned with conserving resources. I am not very familiar with how its done but can someone please give me some ...
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Coordinate system handling for 2D UI

Following on from the aspect ratios question, I'm interested to hear what other people are using when working on 2D UI systems (most likely their own home-grown solutions). Specifically, how do you ...
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Rotate around a 3d Object (Software Renderer)

I have a simple 3d software renderer (SDL / C++) which can load a 3ds Model and render it (shaded) and rotate it around X Y Z - Axis. Now I would like to rotate / move around the object, meaning, the ...
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Converting Cube Maps

I have cube maps in lat/long format, and i need to convert them to Horizontal/Vertical Cross, and individual cross images, is there an utility to do that?
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How can I create my own sky maps? [closed]

What are the methods/tools for generating realistic skies with clouds and atmospheric shading? FOSS alternatives and spherical projections get extra points.
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What is deferred rendering?

I've heard about deferred rendering and how using it can allow for "lots" of lights in a scene without a huge performance hit, but what is it and (from a high level) how is it implemented?
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What is a texture atlas?

I've heard about this concept, but what is it?
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What is ambient occlusion?

I've heard about ambient occlusion and it looks nice, but what exactly is it?